Meet the Buckner Parkway Place team!

Here at Parkway Place in Houston, our goal is to provide a personal experience that inspires happiness in you. We strive to know each resident by name, so no matter where you go in our community, you’ll always be greeted with a friendly face. From our executive director to our certified nurses and culinary staff, Parkway Place employees are dedicated to meeting your needs by providing superior service and care, every day.

Abraham Mathew

Executive Director
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Abraham joined Buckner Parkway Place in 2019. Prior to Buckner, Abraham’s career working with senior adults began in 2003, and he has since held positions in Texas and Illinois as a Licensed Healthcare Administrator. Mathew completed his Doctorate in Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership from California Intercontinental University in Irvine, Calif. He holds a Master’s in Social Work and another Masters in English Literature. Mathew is an appointee and Chairman of the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee by Texas Governor Greg Abbot since 2018, as well as a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“Our seniors deserve the best life experiences and my role is to serve them and make it happen,” added Mathew. “As my interests are on strategic growth, innovation and technology in senior living, it is my goal to think differently and encourage such innovation while serving the senior adults.”

Kara Bayer

Healthcare Services Administrator
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Kara’s strong desire to serve older adults started at a young age. Growing up in the industry she saw the impact her mentors had on residents and families, and realized she found her calling. Kara graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors in Science. After graduation she pursued and attained her administrator’s license from Mclennan. In 2018 she helped open a retirement community and served as the Assisted Living and Memory Care Director. Kara is a licensed Nursing Facility Administrator and a Certified Assisted Living Manager in Texas.

Kara was drawn to Buckner for being a faith based organization. Buckner’s mission of inspiring happiness was another pivotal point. Kara has a true passion for serving residents, families, and staff and can’t wait to start inspiring happiness! In her free time Kara enjoy spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She also loves watching sports and spending time outside.

Michelle Barroso

Marketing Director for Independent Living
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Michelle joined Buckner Parkway Place in 2019 as Marketing Director for Independent Living. Michelle began working in the Senior Living Industry in 2012 where she was able to work with all stages of needs for seniors. Michelle holds her certificate as Certified Dementia Practitioner.

“I have always considered working with seniors as a calling, long before working in senior living. Joining Parkway Place has made a way for me to join my core values to an organization whose foundation was built on showing Christ’s love for people which is exactly the way it should be. The residents really do come first at Parkway Place and in my role I could not be more proud to share Buckner’s life changing philosophy with seniors.”

John Bender

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John joined Parkway Place in 2016. Prior to Buckner, he served 35 years in Baptist church ministries where he held various roles including lead pastor, education minister and administration.

“I always had a good relationship with senior adults in every church I’ve worked,” he said. “This position was a calling from God that I could not turn down, and it’s been the greatest two years of my ministry.”

Derone Martin

Food Service Director
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Derone joined Parkway Place in 2012. He comes to Buckner with more than 12 years of experience in food service, working as executive chef at establishments such as Sam Houston Race Park, The Vosswood Nursing Center and Quail Valley Golf Club. He also spent six years in the U.S. Navy.

“I work with senior adults because this is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to the men and women who served our country in its time of need.”

Sheryll Mathew

Admissions Coordinator
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Sheryll joined Buckner Parkway Place in 2021 as the Healthcare Admissions Coordinator. Sheryll has been serving senior adults since 2016. Her primary role was to help residents and patients join the community she served and enable a smooth transition. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. “Being the Healthcare Admissions Coordinator at Buckner Parkway Place enables me to make a positive difference in the lives of many people,” says Sheryll.

“I am so blessed to be a part of Buckner Parkway Place family and inspire happiness. I believe it is a calling from God to serve our seniors and to be an instrument that can inspire happiness to all those being served within the community.”

Lucas Schipansky

Director of Nursing
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Lucas Schipansky, RN, came on board with Buckner in 2018. Following his nursing education in Wyoming, he has gained vast experience in the healthcare industry through several nursing roles. He has served as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Staff Development Coordinator, Nursing Manager and now Director of Nursing.

“I love working at Parkway Place because of its foundation and core values. I love the fact that it is Christ-Centered and that we get to strive toward a mission every day, not just ‘show up for work.’ I enjoy engaging with residents from all walks of life and being able to get to know these wonderful people who bless us with the privilege to care for them.”

Kelly Stephens

Human Resources Director
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Kelly joined Parkway Place in 2020 as Human Resources Director. She comes to Buckner with more than 13 years of experience in the HR field, with specific passions around employee development, coaching, and learning and development. She previously worked in the retail and oil and gas industries. Kelly graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in HR Development. She is a certified HR professional from the Society of Human Resources Management and is involved in the local HR Houston chapter. Kelly is also a certified leadership trainer for DDI – Development Dimensions International, a global company that specializes in leadership training and assessments. She is passionate about coaching employees to find success and meaning in their career and everyday life!

Kelly’s biggest passions outside of work are spending time with her husband Mark, and young daughter Nora, as well as traveling, being outdoors, and exercising!

“I’m so excited to be a part of Buckner Parkway Place. I feel like it was a career opportunity and life change that God specifically laid in my lap. We have a responsibility to make every associate feel accepted and welcomed every day they come to work, and it’s my honor to help serve in that way.”

Shima Reddy

Director of Administrative Services
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Shima joined Parkway Place in 2015. She came to the healthcare industry in 2013 after working three years as an accounting paraprofessional. At Parkway Place, she’s found her calling.

“I love working with senior adults because not only am I serving them, but I’m also learning from them and their amazing life experiences.”

Katherine Wojtyna

Marketing Coordinator
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Katherine joined Parkway Place in 2016. Prior to Buckner, she worked as a vision therapist. “Being the Marketing Coordinator at Parkway Place gives me the opportunity to help people grow and flourish in their lives,” she said.

“By helping seniors find their new home, form new relationships and adjust to a new lifestyle, I feel like I’m making a difference.”